EAST CHARGES BACK WITH GIANT SECOND DAY
East wins 9 of 15 matches, cuts deficit to three points
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The East fought back on the second day of Canon Cup, winning six of the 10 morning foursome matches and three of the five afternoon mixed four-ball matches out scoring the West 10-5 bringing the two-day total to 16.5 to 13.5 in favor of the West. The West will cling onto a slim three-point lead heading into Thursday’s singles matches.
The American Junior Golf Association’s Canon Cup, now in its 20th year, brings together the nation’s top 40 juniors in an East versus West (divided by the Mississippi River ) team match play tournament. Each squad consisted of 20 players – 10 boys and 10 girls – who were selected based on the Polo Golf Rankings that rewarded them for top finishes in national junior golf events. This year, the event is being held at Forest Highlands Golf Club on the Canyon Course. The West Team leads the all-time competition with a 10-8-1 record.
Wednesday marks the biggest day for the East since 2003, when they outscored the West 10-5 at Sea Island Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga. A rejuvenated East team made up some ground by mixing up the pairings. They started off on the right foot in the morning foursome matches with Austin Cody of North Charleston, S.C., and Yaroslav Merkulov of Penfield, N.Y., who beat Zachary Blair of Ogden, Utah, and Austin Cook of Jonesboro, Ark., 1-up. Cody drained a 40-footer to clinch the victory on the 18th hole.
“We got started off on the right foot today,” Cody said. “The first day we were too confident and we didn’t show much energy. Today we went out there and made some noise.”
Cameron Wilson of Rowayton, Conn., leads the East with a 3-0-0 record. In the morning foursome matches he teamed up with Byeong-hun An of Bradenton, Fla., to dominate Landon Tujague of Dallas, and Stewart Hagestad of Newport Beach, Calif., 6 and 5. Thursday’s final round will be challenging but Wilson is confident in his team.
“We need to win a couple of early matches to even out the playing field,” Wilson said. “If we keep playing like we did today we will do it.”
The East captain, Walker Hill, came into Wednesday’s matches with a plan and it was executed to perfection.
“We shot for 10-5 or 9-6 today and we did it,” Hill said. “Tomorrow we have to come out and play loose and we have a good shot.”
Alexandra Stewart of Peoria, Ariz., and Katie Sylvan of San Diego, had a good morning for the West, defeating Simin Feng of Orlando, Fla., and Haley Stephens of Greer, S.C., 6 and 4. The pairing was great as both players used the strongest point of their game to get the win.
“Katie is good at approach shots and I made a lot of putts,” Stewart said. “She is a great ball striker and I have a great short game so it worked out perfectly.”
Singles matches will begin Thursday at 7:30 a.m. off the No. 1 tee.
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Day two results from the Canon Cup conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Forest Highlands Golf Club’s Canyon Course. Par: Boys: 35-36--71; Girls: 35-36--71. Yardage: Boys: 7,007; Girls: 6,272. Rating/Slope: Boys: 72.8/133; Girls: 75.3/143
Total – West 16.5, East 13.5
Day Two – Morning Foursome Matches: East 7, West 3
Austin Cody, North Charleston, S.C. (2010) & Yaroslav Merkulov, Penfield, N.Y. (2010) EAST def.
Zachary Blair, Ogden, Utah (2009) & Austin Cook, Jonesboro, Ark. (2009) WEST, 1-up
Rachel Morris, Carlsbad, Calif. (2010) & Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif. (2009) WEST vs.
Madison Pressel, Boca Raton, Fla. (2009) & Kelly Shon, Port Washington, N.Y. (2010) EAST, halved
James Back, Cerritos, Calif. (2010) & Michael Weaver, Fresno, Calif. (2009) WEST def.
Evan Beck, Virginia Beach, Va. (2009) & Michael Hebert, Orlando, Fla. (2009) EAST, 1-up
Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. (2013) & Stephanie Kim, Whitestone, N.Y. (2009) EAST def.
Hana Lee, Hacienda Heights, Calif. (2011) & Kristen Park, Buena Park, Calif. (2011) WEST, 4 & 3
Dominic Bozzelli, Pittsford, N.Y. (2009) & Patrick Winther, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. (2010) def.
Anton Arboleda, La Canada, Calif. (2010) & Ben Itterman, Carlsbad, Calif. (2010) WEST, 3 & 1
Emilie Burger, Hoschton, Ga. (2009) & Courtney Gunter, Matthews, N.C. (2009) EAST def.
Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif. (2011) & Victoria Sungmin Park, Irvine, Calif. (2009) WEST, 1-up
Cameron Wilson, Rowayton, Conn. (2010) & Byeong-hun An, Bradenton, Fla. (2010) EAST def.
Landon Tujague, Dallas, Texas (2009) & Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif. (2009) WEST, 6 & 5
Alexandra Stewart, Peoria, Ariz. (2010) & Katie Sylvan, San Diego, Calif. (2009) WEST def.
Simin Feng, Orlando, Fla. (2013) & Haley Stephens, Greer, S.C. (2009) EAST, 6 & 4
Gavin Hall, Pittsford, N.Y. (2013) & Billy Kennerly, Alpharetta, Ga. (2011) EAST def.
Jeffrey Kang, Fullerton, Calif. (2010) & Mario Clemens, Beverly Hills, Calif. (2009) WEST, 3 & 2
Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (2009) & Ani Gulugian, Irvine, Calif. (2010) WEST vs.
Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla. (2011) & Annie Park, Levittown , N.Y. (2013) EAST, halved
Day Two – Afternoon Mixed Four-Ball Matches: East 3, West 2
Patrick Winther, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. (2010) & Simin Feng, Orlando, Fla. (2013) EAST def.
Michael Weaver, Fresno, Calif. (2009) & Alexandra Stewart, Peoria, Ariz. (2010) WEST, 3 & 2
Yaroslav Merkulov, Penfield, N.Y. (2010) & Karen Chung, Livingston, N.J. (2013) EAST def.
Anton Arboleda, La Canada, Calif. (2010) & Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif. (2011) WEST, 5 & 4
Michael Hebert, Orlando, Fla. (2009) & Madison Pressel, Boca Raton, Fla. (2009) EAST def.
Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif. (2009) & Victoria Sungmin Park, Irvine, Calif. (2009) WEST, 2 & 1
Jeffrey Kang, Fullerton, Calif. (2010) & Ani Gulugian, Irvine, Calif. (2010) WEST def.
Byeong-hun An, Bradenton, Fla. (2010) & Emilie Burger, Hoschton, Ga. (2009) EAST, 4 & 2
Mario Clemens, Beverly Hills, Calif. (2009) & Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. (2009) WEST def.
Evan Beck, Virginia Beach, Va. (2009) & Doris Chen, Bradenton, Fla. (2011) EAST, 1-up